PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle got away with pitching to Jimmy Rollins and made the key substitution in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
Two out, bottom of the second inning, runners on second and third, Rollins up.
With first base open and Chase Utley (five consecutive strikeouts) on deck, Hurdle has Franklin Morales pitch to Rollins, who homered his previous at-bat.
Rollins tripled in two runs.
The analysis: "If I make a better pitch, I get him out."
-- Morales, deflecting the blame away from his manager's most questionable decision of the series
The situation: Bases loaded, two out in the fourth inning, Kazuo Matsui up, having grounded out and doubled in his previous at-bats.
The decision: Manager Charlie Manuel relieves left-handed starter Kyle Kendrick with right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Matsui slugs a grand-slam homer.
"I don't think it was a mistake. I did it. But at the same time, I looked at it as basically what it was, I liked Lohse against Matsui, I liked him going against Matsui, and one reason I liked him is because of his stuff: breaking ball, changeup and fastball. And Kyle, with the bases loaded there -- and also it's the second time I got him up -- when I put him in, he was going to go to the sixth inning. I made the decision and I was the guy that made it."
-- Manuel, on replacing Kendrick with Lohse
With two on and two out in the top of the fourth inning, Hurdle lifted Morales for pinch-hitter Seth Smith, whose infield single loaded the bases for Matsui.
The decision: Hurdle replaced Morales on the mound with Josh Fogg, who had lasted only four innings and allowed five runs in Monday night's clincher over San Diego.
Fogg pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one single and was credited with the victory.
The analysis: "I felt it was a very pivotal point in the game, and I think Franklin was trying to give us everything he had ... the mix of the command was a little spotty for me at the time. I just thought it would be better served maybe getting somebody in with just a little more experience."
-- Hurdle, on pulling Morales for Fogg
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.